Feedback is being sought from the public, residents of Toronto, stakeholders and members of City Council on two ward boundary options outlined in the Toronto Ward Boundary Review additional information report. This additional report was requested by the City of Toronto’s Executive Committee at its meeting on May 24.
The two options being presented for public feedback by the Toronto Ward Boundary Review (TWBR) are:
• Revised 44 wards option, which has 44 wards and incorporates refinements generated during the TWBR public consultation process from August to November 2015
• 26 wards option, that is aligned, where possible, with the boundaries of the federal and provincial ridings.
Feedback can be provided by completing a survey or attending a public meeting. The survey can be completed online or in hard-copy format, until September 23, 2016, and is available athttp://www.drawthelines.ca/
Four public meetings will take place across the city this fall:
• Wednesday, September 14, Metro Hall, 55 John St., Room 310, 7 to 9 p.m.
• Thursday, September 15, Scarborough Civic Centre, 150 Borough Dr., Committee Room 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
• Monday, September 19, North York Civic Centre, 5100 Yonge St., Committee Room 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
• Wednesday, September 21, Etobicoke Civic Centre, 399 The West Mall, Meeting Room 1, 7 to 9 p.m.
Based on the input received, a TWBR supplementary report will be prepared and submitted together with the TWBR final report for consideration at the Executive Committee meeting on October 26.
From July 2014 to February 2015, the TWBR conducted a civic engagement and public consultation process to collect input on Toronto’s current ward alignment. The results informed the development of five options for re-aligning Toronto’s wards. A second round of the TWBR’s civic engagement and public consultation process solicited feedback on these options between August and November 2015. The TWBR Final Report considered by the Executive Committee at its May 24, 2016 meeting summarized the TWBR process and recommended a new ward structure.
The Toronto Ward Boundary Review has looked at the size and shape of Toronto’s wards in order to ensure that residents are fairly represented at City Council. The goal of the review has been to ensure that the population of every ward is similar and meets the legal standard of “effective representation” until at least 2030.
The City of Toronto has oversight of the Toronto Ward Boundary Review and the study has been carried out by third-party consultants. The additional information report, as well as information about the survey and the public meetings, are available at http://www.drawthelines.ca. – CINEWS